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Fung fields questions from local GOP

April 9, 2014

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung was a guest of the West Warwick Republican Town Committee at the Cowesett Inn, where he took questions from those in attendance Monday. Jessica Boisclair. Daily Times.

WEST WARWICK—Cranston Mayor and candidate for governor Allan Fung answered questions from residents about his ideas and plans for the state if he is elected governor during a West Warwick Republican Town Committee event Tuesday night.

Fung, who was elected mayor in 2008, made Rhode Island history as the first Asian-American mayor in the state.

Since then, he has boosted the economy in his town by bringing in more than 1,000 jobs and he was the first mayor to negotiate pension reform.
“I’m proud of helping people get back to work,” he said to the crowd at Cowesett Inn. “I have a small business background. I’m the first generation born in this state. My parents came to this country from Hong Kong in 1969 and they started their own small family restaurant.”

When he was a child, he said, he used to assist his parents at the restaurant by washing dishes and “that’s what’s instilled in me; the hard work and work ethic that I take with me.”

Fung explained that as governor he would remain focused on bringing in new business to the state like he did in Garden Center, located in Cranston.

“Right now we all know how our economy is and we all know about the high unemployment throughout the state and I want to make sure that as governor people know we are open for business,” he added.

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